Walcott residents left without power after harvester cuts through power line

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GR

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GRAY - Credit: MAURICE GRAY

Seventy-six homes in and around Walcott were left without electricity after an agricultural vehicle ploughed into an overhead power cable.

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GR

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GRAY - Credit: MAURICE GRAY

The sugar beet harvester was working on the field between Ostend Road and Coastline Village when disaster struck today (Friday) around 8.30am.

The driver of the vehicle was left shaken after the cable was severed but escaped unhurt.

Thomas Love, who owns the farm, said he had been 'very lucky'.

Engineers from UK Power Network were quickly on the scene and restored power to some properties within 90 minutes, with all homes expected to be reconnected by 3pm.

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GR

Engineers worked quickly to restore power after a harvester cut through a cable. Picture: MAURICE GRAY - Credit: MAURICE GRAY


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Mr Love said: 'We have to look after these overhead cable and maintain the 30ft pole surroundings and the engineers have said they will heighten the cables but the ideal answer would be to put them underground.'

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